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Russell Mussio

Russell Mussio was born in Trail, BC where he spent his childhood years playing sports and exploring the Great Outdoors. At a time when parents simply called their kids back for dinner, Russell and friends could be found fishing local streams, hiking and biking nearby trails and even chasing grouse and deer around the hills.

 

His family, in particular his father Sergio and brother Wesley, were instrumental in introducing him to the trials and tribulations of outdoor adventure. From camping throughout the parks and recreation sites of BC to hunting and fishing in the Kootenays it seemed every vacation had an outdoor theme. From these early beginnings, Russell grew a strong appreciation of the outdoors.

 

Russell attended the University of British Columbia where he explored a few different career options before settling in on a degree in Leisure and Sport Administration. Before graduating he took a year off to travel the world. From this experience Russell developed a passion for outdoor travel, which he was able to develop through his final year at university. Backed by a sponsor professor, he was able to explore two different outdoor recreation business concepts. The guidebook business that he and his brother stumbled across when exploring the wilderness around Vancouver seemed to be the most logical concept. That is where the idea for the Backroad Mapbook series was born.

 

After graduation Russell, along with Wesley, went about self-publishing their first guidebook called the Backroad and Outdoor Recreation Mapbook: Southwestern BC for a tradeshow in January 1994. By March 1994, the first printing of the book was sold out. But rather than simply reprinting it, they listened to the feedback of the readers and retailers and improved it. This constant desire to create the best book in the most convenient and economical package possible has helped the brothers and their publishing company, Mussio Ventures Ltd., produce over 40 National Bestseller titles. Today, Mussio Ventures, through their signature series Backroad Mapbooks, is Canada's leading outdoor recreation publisher.

 

Russell now lives in Lake Country, BC with his wife and two children. In addition to helping run the publishing company and family commitments, he is involved with the local park department and outdoors club. Although he spends as much time as he can exploring the backroads of Canada, he always seems to return to the pen to write. He has been published in several different magazines, newspapers and websites across the country including regular contributions to Adventure West magazine, and several articles published in The Province newspaper out of Vancouver, BC.

Books by Russell Mussio

Vancouver Island BC Backroad Mapbook

8th Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Vancouver Island SOUTH BC Waterproof Map

1st Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Vancouver Island North Waterproof Map

1st Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Squamish, Chilliwack, Merritt BC Waterproof Map

1st Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Backroad Mapbook: Thompson Okanagan BC

4th Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Backroad Mapbook: Vancouver, Coast & Mountains BC

4th Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Backroad Mapbooks: Canadian Rockies

3rd Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Northeastern BC Waterproof Map

1st Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Manitoba Backroad Mapbook

2nd Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Southern Alberta Backroad Mapbook

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Vancouver Island BC Fishing Mapbook

3rd Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Haida Gwaii BC Waterproof Map

2nd Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

East Kootenay BC Waterproof Map

1st Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Backroad Mapbook: Central Alberta, 4th Edition

Adventure, Topographic Maps & Guide

by (author) Trent Ernst & Russell Mussio

Saskatchewan Backroad Mapbook

1st Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Cariboo & Northern BC Fishing Mapbook

3rd Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

Fishing Mapbook: Southwestern BC

"Region 2: Lower Mainland, Region 3: Thompson Nicola "

by (author) Russell Mussio

Backroad Mapbook: Central Alberta

Outdoor Recreation Guide

by (author) Trent Ernst & Russell Mussio

Mussio Southeastern BC Fishing Mapbook

by (author) Russell Mussio

Fishing Mapbook: Vancouver Island BC

Region 1: Vancouver Island

by (author) Russell Mussio

Kamloops and Interlakes BC Waterproof Map

3rd Edition

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Backroad Mapbooks

"Backroad Mapbook: Vancouver, Coast & Mountains"

Outdoor Recreation Guide

by (author) Trent Ernst
compiled by Russell Mussio

Canadian Rockies Backroad Mapbook

Outdoor Recreation Guide

by (author) Trent Ernst
other recording by Russell Mussio

Southwestern Saskatchewan Backroad Mapbook

Road and Recreational Atlas

by (author) Linda Aksomitis & Russell Mussio

BC Fishing Adventures

Okanagan/Thompson-Nicola

by (author) Russell Mussio
compiled by Wesley Mussio